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Anatomy of a Parking Sign That Actually Makes Sense

Why you don't use Helvetica to tell people where they cannot park.

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The Best Parking App We've Ever Seen

How risky is it to run inside for that cup of coffee without feeding the meter? SpotAgent will figure that out for you.

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Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible

50 years ago, experts predicted automobiles would drain the life from urban areas. Their predictions are coming true.

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The Separation of Church and Parking

Downtown San Francisco is the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate over whether cities can still afford to not charge for parking on Sundays.

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Car Elevators: Not Just for Rich People

Automated parking garages are now popping up on both coasts. Could this save dense cities space?

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4 Reasons Retailers Don't Need Free Parking to Thrive

Shopkeepers consistently overestimate parking's role in their success.

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That Parking Spot In Front of Your House Doesn't Belong to You

And honestly, the city could make much better use of the space.

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16 Parking Garages Worth Looking At

Miami may be the international hub of memorable parking, but it’s not the only city sporting glitzy garages.

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Should the Market Alone Determine Parking Supply?

New research finds that parking minimums are indeed bad, but that parking maximums still need fine-tuning.

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You May Never Have to Circle the Block Looking for a Spot Again

With SpotHero, you can reserve a space in advance online.

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The Case for Eliminating Disabled Parking Placards

They invite fraud, drain city revenue, and often fail to help those who need it most — new research proposes an alternative.

These Might Be the World's Worst Parkers

The unreal habits of drivers in Kazakhstan.

Norman Garrick

Lessons From Zurich's Parking Revolution

By implementing stricter parking maximums over time, Switzerland's largest city recaptured its public spaces for its people.

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The Hidden Factor in Bike Commuting: Showers

People are much more likely to ride to work if they have a place to clean up once they get there.

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This Week in Bans: Moscow Outlaws Gay-Pride Parades for Next 100 Years

Also, California cities binge on foie gras before it's banned; Boston knocks down satellite dishes; you can't dress up like Tinker Bell at Disney World; a British city welcomes back meter maids.

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Want to Shame a Terrible Parker? There's an App for That

In Russia, an app identifies "parking douches."

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Did Parking Meters Just Get Too Smart?

The end of free time in Santa Monica.

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Abolishing Parking Minimums Is Not Anti-Children

The Seattle Times editorial board worries a proposal to relax parking minimums will hurt families, but they're getting it backward.

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A Brief History of the Parking Meter

How a newspaperman in Oklahoma City revolutionized downtown parking.